"In our own languages we hear them, speaking about God's deeds of power "
“In our own languages we hear them, speaking about God’s deeds of power.” So goes one description from the Acts of the Apostles in Luke’s account of the outpouring of the Spirit upon the disciples. Apparently, it was a rather noisy event, what with the wind and the utterance of various languages.
Pentecost is a celebration of the miracle of the tongue - the gift of the Spirit which allows the Gospel to be proclaimed. But it is also a celebration of the miracle of the ear - the gift of the Spirit that allows the Gospel to be heard.
Usually we focus on the gift of the tongue, but what if we celebrate the gift of the ear- the gift to hear and understand. The gift of being able to hear the voices and messages which we may otherwise ignore or cast aside. At Pentecost, the disciples not only heard each other speaking in their own language, but they fully understood each other.
What would the tradition of the church be like today if Pentecost had been historically interpreted as a miracle of the ear only? For example, what would preaching, teaching, and evangelism look like? What would the ministries of our church be like if we emphasized listening more than talking? Whose voices would we listen to? Whose words would we focus upon?
Perhaps this current crisis is an invitation to celebrate the miracle of the ear. To really listen to each other and the voice of our heart. I imagine if we paid more attention to that miracle, the listening, even engaging the ear of the heart, we might discover more of the depths of the Spirit who “prays in us with sighs too deep for words.” (Romans 8:26).
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-A New Zealand Prayer Book—He Karakia Mihinare o Aotearoa’ (adapted)